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Close Reading & Paideia Seminar :

Close Reading & Paideia Seminar Alison Mosley February 20, 2016

Lesson objective:

Lesson objective By the end of the period, students will use close reading strategies to examine the poem, “Tell all the Truth but tell it slant—” by Emily Dickinson and participate in a paideia seminar.

Paideia Seminar and Analysis of Text:

Paideia Seminar and Analysis of Text We use paideia seminar as a way to give student voice to a close analysis of a piece of text Reminder: the video clip of the Paideia seminar we watched yesterday in preparation for our seminar today

Set individual and Class goals:

Set individual and Class goals Name tag in front of you On your name tag, write your goal for your participation in this seminar today Two students will be monitoring our seminar today and will report out to the class about our overall participation

Application: the seminar:

Application: the seminar Examine the following poem and answer the analysis questions: Tell all the truth but tell it slant — ( 1263) BY   EMILY DICKINSON Tell all the truth but tell it slant — Success in Circuit lies Too bright for our infirm Delight The Truth's superb surprise As Lightning to the Children eased With explanation kind The Truth must dazzle gradually Or every man be blind —

Close Reading Questions for Discussion:

Close Reading Questions for Discussion What is the most powerful word in the poem? Why did you choose that word? What might the author mean by the word slant? What type of language structures does the author use and what is the effect on the poem? What are the different ways truth is described in the poem? How would you summarize Dickinson’s thoughts on truth? Would Emily Dickinson agree or disagree with the following statement by Mahatma Gandhi…“Truth never damages a cause that is just.”  and why?

Post-seminar reflection:

Post-seminar reflection Go around the room and report out about your participation today The two class observers will report out about our class participation today How did the use of the paideia seminar prepare you for your writing assignment?

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